Genre 3, Suspense: All Through the Night by Mary Higgins Clark

18 Mar

AUTHOR: Mary Higgins Clark                 DATE READ: February 17 – 23, 2014761787

TITLE: All Through the Night                    PUB. DATE: 1998

GENRE: Suspense/Mystery                     PAGES: 170

APPEAL CHARACTERISTICS:                                              

         PACING: fast paced, short chapters, deliberate, many dialogues

         CHARACTERIZATIONS: multiple point of view, series (characters), strong secondary


         STORY LINE: plot driven                                                                             

         FRAME: suspenseful and mysterious tone, minimal background         


In order to help a local shelter, Alvirah, an amateur sleuth, with her husband Willy investigates the authenticity of a will, which would help in saving the shelter for the neighborhood children. Besides that she discovers that the will is counterfeit, she also solves the mystery of the stolen chalice, and helps in reuniting a mother with a daughter who was stolen as a baby eight years earlier from the church’s steps.                                                                    

Geographical setting: Upper West Side, New York City, Northeast U. S.

Time period: 7 years (1990s)

Series: Alvirah and Willy Meehan mysteries                   

Subject headings:  New York (N. Y.) – Fiction, Christmas – Fiction, Christmas stories, Shelters for the Homeless – Fiction, Violinists – Fiction, Abandoned infants – New York City, Christian relic thefts – New York City                                    

SIMILAR AUTHORS: Carol Higgins Clark, Joy Fielding, Sue Grafton, Victoria Lanier,Iris Johansen                              


Bestseller Clark has written another Christmas seasonal mystery, and like Silent Night (1995), it’s a lighthearted suspense tale that her readers are sure to enjoy. Booklist

If the resulting tale doesn’t provide the menace or suspense of Clark’s full-length novels it does succeed, as the Epilogue tell us, in providing a “human-interest story” that’s “especially appropriate for the Christmas season.” Pass the fruitcake. Kirkus Reviews Bookreporter

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